The bike hails from Indonesia and costs a pretty penny in the Statesby Punya Sharma, on LISTEN 02:49
With EVs becoming more and more common, we’re starting to get used to seeing some standout products (both in a good and bad way).
One such bike is the new EV1000 electric bike that’s built by Indonesia-based Katalis in collaboration with popular premium automobile seller, TheArsenale. This motorcycle takes inspiration from old-school WWII fighter aircrafts.
Katalis X TheArsenale - EV1000 Electric Bike
One look at the Katalis EV1000 and it’ll leave you spell-bound, thanks to its one-off design. The bike wears stunning, riveted, aircraft-inspired bodywork that hides all the bike’s components inside it.
Everything - the suspension, bodywork, solid wheel covers - comes covered in a sinister matte black shade, topped by TheArsenale-inspired bright orange graphics which adds a bit of flair to the otherwise sober livery.
What makes this bike even more special, though, are the little details. For instance, instead of a normal ignition key, Katalis has equipped the EV1000 with a heavy machinery-style on-off switch. This is swagger-ed up by an analog voltage meter on the opposite side, again inspired by big machines.
The only “exposed” component here would be the fairly tall handlebar which, coupled with the bike’s uncomfortable-looking seat, should result in a fairly upright riding posture.
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Diving deeper, the bodywork hides under it a 1kW, brushless motor, and a 2.1kWh battery pack. These help the bike reach a top speed of 80kmph (50mph) while offering a range of 56-miles.
Meanwhile, the underpinnings comprise KYB USD forks, dual shock absorbers, and single disc brakes at both ends.
Apart from all this, the company hasn’t revealed other details like the weight, seat height, tire size, and charging time, possibly because this isn’t exactly a mass-market product.
Katalis EV1000 Price
Why, you ask? Well, simply because of its asking price. At $9,999, the Katalis EV100 doesn’t come across as a value-for-money prospect, simply because there are better EVs available at a much lower price. Heck, you can even get full-sized e-bikes for a similar price.
Still, Katalis claims the EV1000 will help youngsters transition from gas-powered bikes to e-bikes. We aren’t exactly sure ‘how’ with this price tag, though.